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Puppet Labs: "Infrastructure Is Code" | #velocityconf

Puppet Labs: "Infrastructure Is Code" | #velocityconf

John Furrier, the founder of Silicon Angle and the host of our flagship broadcast program theCUBE, interviewed James Turnbull, VP of technology for Puppet Labs, at the Velocity Conference 2013 in Santa Clara this week, talking about DevOps, Agile and Mobile. For Furrier the Velocity Conference is a very cutting-edge event, a clear indicator of where the developer community is going (particularly with DevOps). But he wanted to know why is this conference so popular with the "alpha geek community." Turnbull's impression is that "when Velocity started, it addressed a need that there was no real place for the web performance... more »
"There's No Reason to Have Technology Unless it Enables a Business Process," says Theo Schlossnage | #velocityconf

"There's No Reason to Have Technology Unless it Enables a Business Process," says Theo Schlossnage | #velocityconf

Theo Schlossnage, CEO at OmniTI, and frequent guest of theCUBE, discussed DevOps trends and new technology adoption in the enterprise with co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the O'Reilly Velocity conference in Santa Clara. Commenting on the current state of affairs, Schlossnage said IT was "still drowning in data, still getting smothered by the cloud. The industry has matured a lot, the conversation is better now, but a lot of the problems are the same." As far as the open source vs closed debate goes, he said it was an interesting convergence. "I guess I've been a fan of open... more »
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GE + Industrial Internet : The Agent of Good

With the Industrial Internet market predicted to surpass $1.7 trillion by 2020, GE is in the forefront of the market with its strategic alliances and  investments. It recently announced its "industrial strength" Big Data and analytics platform, robust enough to handle data produced by large-scale, industrial machines in the cloud.  It will allow airlines, railroads, hospitals and utilities to manage and operate critical machines such as jet engines and gas turbines in the cloud – running businesses better by increasing productivity and reducing waste and downtime. The right partners + teams   With that, the industrial giant also announced expanded partnerships with AWS, Pivotal,... more »
MongoDB CEO on DevOps, NYC's Love of Data and Its Evolution | #mongodbdays

MongoDB CEO on DevOps, NYC's Love of Data and Its Evolution | #mongodbdays

Max Schireson, CEO of 10gen, discussed the latest trends in the database industry and MongoDB's offering within this space with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, live at the MongoDB Days conference in New York City today. 10gen, having been founded in New York City, "works phenomenally,"  Schireson said, as the city "has had a great pull in technology." The biggest demand has been coming from the fashion, finance, and media industries which have been the most disrupted by technology. Most of technology demanded is in the application, Internet type of layer and 10gen is working at the deep systems infrastructure... more »
Solving People Problems Makes Tech Fall Into Line + Open Source Attracts Talent | #velocityconf

Solving People Problems Makes Tech Fall Into Line + Open Source Attracts Talent | #velocityconf

From the Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, John Furrier, theCUBE host, talked to Sascha Bates, DevOps Enthusiast and Automation Junky at Bratty Redhead about the trends in the industry. The Velocity Conference is not about the browser anymore, it's about UI and UX performance, about deployment, production, DevOps, said Furrier, and Sascha added that "it looks like technical problems but it is really people problems." She thinks that "solving people problems makes tech to simply fall into line." That is pretty obvious from all the talks. Transitioning DevOps   Furrier steered the conversation towards getting started with configuration management and the new and old... more »
2 New Voice-Activated Assistants for Today's Smart Home

2 New Voice-Activated Assistants for Today's Smart Home

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could walk in your house and command things to turn on or off with just the sound of your sultry voice?  Though this scenario may sound like a stolen scene from a Sci-Fi flick, it’s real and you can have it in your home today. VoicePods   HouseLogix’s VoicePods lets you play out the above scene, delegating tasks to your home as if it had ears.  The device has built-in microphones and speakers so you can interact with it, like a virtual butler if you may.  It controls your TV, music, radio, lights, thermostats, shades, locks, security and... more »
Update LIVE: Any Holes in NSA's Secret Documents to Protect US Citizens?

Update LIVE: Any Holes in NSA's Secret Documents to Protect US Citizens?

Updated with full video - see below. Following Edward Snowden’s public ouster of the PRISM program, more information has come out regarding NSA practices with The Guardian releasing a statment that the NSA is allowed to use US data without a warrant. Joining us now on today's Live Morning NewsDesk Show to get us up to speed on the latest details surrounding the NSA PRISM spying scandal is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand The Guardian has just released a new bunch of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa) documents relating to the NSA’s PRISM spying program,... more »
Cisco Acquires Composite Software on the Heels of Citrix Partnership

Cisco Acquires Composite Software on the Heels of Citrix Partnership

Networking juggernaut Cisco signed a definitive agreement to buy Composite Software, a San Mateo, Calif.-based company that sells data virtualization software and related services. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will shell out $180 million in cash and retention-based incentives for the privately-held firm. Composite’s flagship solution is a data abstraction platform that aggregates information from across a network and makes it appear as if it’s in one place. This consolidated view makes it easier for large organizations to tap into their cloud and Big Data sources. According to Cisco VP of business development Hilton Romanski, the acquisition of Composite will... more »
O’Reilly Velocity Highlights: Web Performance Drives Business Value

O’Reilly Velocity Highlights: Web Performance Drives Business Value

TheCube crew attended this week’s Velocity conference to bring you the latest news and analysis from the web development scene. Co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante kicked off the first day of the event with an in-depth discussion about web application performance and the impact of cloud computing on Silicon Valley startups. Dave says that time is money when it comes to website loading times. He recalls that the Obama campaign staffers who appeared on theCube in an earlier interview said they saw a 14 percent jump in campaign donations after they reworked their site for better performance. The internet is getting... more »
What's Up With Mt. Gox? US Dollar Withdrawals Suspended for "Next Two Weeks"

What's Up With Mt. Gox? US Dollar Withdrawals Suspended for "Next Two Weeks"

As the world's most popular Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox sees a huge amount of traffic with thousands of users each day transferring money into the exchange to buy the virtual currency, or else to sell their Bitcoin and withdraw US dollars or some other currency. Now, it's claiming that the levels of traffic are so high that it's having difficult keeping up with requests for US dollar cash withdrawals, prompting it to suspend all such transactions for two weeks. Mt. Gox made the announcement late last night, saying that both its customer base and the number of deposits and withdrawal requests... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.